Acura has unveiled a redesigned 2018 Acura RLX reflecting the brand’s new "Precision Crafted Performance" design direction to create a more substantial presence for the brand's top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan.
The new RLX incorporates design cues including Acura’s signature diamond pentagon grille, a more sculpted hood, new wheel designs, newly designed LED taillights, dual exhaust finishers and a gloss black rear diffuser. Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) technology, shared with the NSX supercar, creates a more precise driving experience. The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.
The 377 total system horsepowersup RLX Sport Hybrid integrates a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Based on developments from the NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain and dynamic handling has been further optimized.
The 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer is now mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) delivering a more refined driving experience, as well as improved acceleration and passing times.
“This redesign of the 2018 Acura RLX is transformational, creating road presence and styling that better reflect underlying performance capabilities of the vehicle,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president & general manager.
Standard features on the Sport Hybrid include premium Krell Audio System, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, LED fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel and more.
Additional features include the AcuraWatch suite of technologies, as standard equipment, and has been enhanced with the addition of Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and a set interval behind a car detected ahead.
AcuraWatch also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision.
There are also three new exterior colors including two premium paint offerings – Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl. The interior receives upgraded materials and touchpoints including a completely redesigned seat featuring high-contrast piping and stitching, as well as a new Espresso interior option.
The new 2018 Acura RLX will go on sale in November.
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